Emily Wang MD, MAS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Research Interests

Vulnerable populations, specifically individuals with a history of incarceration; Social determinants of health; Community health workers; Community based participatory research

Current Projects

  • National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute Career Development Award - Exploring three population-specific factors that may affect health outcomes in patients released from correctional facilities with cardiovascular risk factors and disease: the epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors and disease, the nature of cardiovascular risk factor and disease care in prison health care systems, and prisoners’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding their cardiovascular risk factors. Role: PI.
  • The Impact of Incarceration and Substance Abuse on HIV-Infected Veterans - Exploring the impact of recent incarceration on HIV outcomes in HIV-infected Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. We will specifically study the role of antiretroviral adherence, substance abuse treatment, and access to primary care on the association between incarceration and HIV outcomes. Role: PI.
  • Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Award: “Transitions Clinic Network: Linking High-Risk Medicaid Patients Leaving Prison to Community Primary Care” - Leveraging the Transitions Clinic Network (11 clinics in 6 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) to improve health, health care access, and reduce health care costs for individuals with chronic medical conditions returning from prison. Role: Co-Founder of the Transitions Clinic Network and Director of Evaluation.
  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation – “The Impact of Incarceration on the Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors” - Exploring impact of recent incarceration on control of cardiovascular risk factors among Veterans in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study. We will specifically study the role of access to primary care and substance abuse on the association between incarceration and control of cardiovascular risk factors. Role: PI.

Research Summary

My research explores incarceration as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and how correctional facilities can be a meaningful point of intervention to prevent and mitigate cardiovascular disease in the community.

Selected Publications

  • Wang EA, Aminawung JA, Wildeman C, Ross JS, Krumholz HM. High Incarceration Rates Among Black Men Enrolled In Clinical Studies May Compromise Ability To Identify Disparities. Health Affairs, 33, no.5 (2014): 848-855
  • Frank J, Wang E, Nunez-Smith M, Lee H, Comfort M. Discrimination based on criminal record and healthcare utilization among men recently released from prison: a descriptive study. Health & Justice. 2014;2(1):6.
  • Wang EA, Wang YF, Krumholz, HM. " A High Risk of Hospitalization Following Release from Correctional Facilities in Medicare Beneficiaries, A Retrospective Matched Cohort Study, 2002-2010," JAMA Internal Medicine 2013
  • Frank J, Hong CS, Subramanian SV, Wang EA. Neighborhood Incarceration Rate and Asthma Prevalence in New York City: A Multilevel Approach, Am J Public Health. 2013 Mar 14. [Epub] PMID: 23488496
  • Wang EA, Zhu, GA, Evans L, Carroll-Scott, A., Desai, R., and Fiellin LE. “A Pilot Study Examining Food Insecurity and HIV Risk Behaviors among Individuals Recently Released from Prison” AIDS Educ Prev. 2013 Apr;25(2):112-23.
  • Wang EA, Hong CS, Shavit S, Kessell E, Sanders R, Kushel MB. Engaging Recently Prisoners into Primary Care: A Randomized Trial. American Journal of Public Health 2012 Sep;102(9):e22-e29. Epub 2012 Jul 19.
  • Wang EA, Wildeman C. Studying Health Disparities By Including Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals. JAMA. 2011; Apr 27;305(16):1708-9. PMID: 21521854.
  • Wang EA, Moore BA, Sullivan LE, Fiellin DA. Effect of Incarceration History on Outcomes of Primary Care Office-Based Buprenorphine/Naloxone, Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010 Jul;25(7):670-4. PMID: 20213205.
  • Wang EA, Pletcher M, Lin F, Vittinghoff E, Kertesz SG, Kiefe CI, Bibbins-Domingo K. Incarceration, Incident Hypertension, and Access to Healthcare: Findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development In Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, Archives of Internal Medicine 2009 Apr 13;169(7):687-93.
  • Wang EA, Hong C, Samuels L, Shavit S, Sanders R, Kushel M. Transitions Clinic: Creating a Community-Based Model of Healthcare for Recently Released California Prisoners, Public Health Reports 2009 (in press)


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